Plaza Midwood Harris Teeter to reopen May 29

by Matt Comer  Editor  editor@goqnotes.com
Published: May 1, 2013 in News

The new Plaza Midwood Harris Teeter, seen here nearing completion of construction in April 2013, will reopen on May 29. File Photo.

The new Plaza Midwood Harris Teeter, seen here nearing completion of construction in April 2013, will reopen on May 29. File Photo.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A newly-rebuilt Harris Teeter in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood will reopen on May 29, according to Harris Teeter spokespeople.

Photo of the old store and a rendering of the new on an invite to the grand opening. Click to enlarge.

Photo of the old store and a rendering of the new on an invite to the grand opening. Click to enlarge.

“The surrounding neighborhood and corporate Harris Teeter’s passionate anticipation for the first Harris Teeter grocery store site fostered a quest for a truly distinctive design,” Richard Barlett, partner at Bartlett Hartley & Mulkey architects PA, said in a release. “The area’s intense focus on the arts and numerous Central Avenue corridor art deco styled building inspired the industrial deco motif. The building profile is unmistakably unique with intricate details resulting in a rare yet delightful venue for a grocery store.”

The Harris Teeter location’s grand opening will be held on May 29 with a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. attending by relatives of co-founder W.T. Harris. The location at 1704 Central Ave. was the iconic grocery store’s second-ever location; Harris moved the store there from a previous location on Central Ave. originally opened in 1936.

The new building replaces that building with a new Art Deco style. Architects and contractors were able to incorporate reclaimed wood from the former building. Old ceiling planks from the demolished building were also incorporated into the new building’s market hall and seating area.

The new building also includes several mosaics by Charlotte-based painter Tom Thoune. British-born artist Shaun Cassidy created four sculptural bike racks matching the building’s Art Deco style.

A Starbucks location will be located in the new facility.